Neuroscience – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair – University of Ottawa

Location : Ontario

Posting date : 2021-01-25

Posting end date : 2021-02-25

The University of Ottawa invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Neuroscience. The successful candidate will hold a tenure-track position in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and will be an integral member of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI). The uOBMRI is a University-wide initiative dedicated to understanding fundamental nervous system and neuromuscular processes as well as mechanisms underlying dysfunction with an emphasis on multi-disciplinarity, innovation and translational research. The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic research-intensive environment with access to a broad network of collaborators across the city of Ottawa, as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

We are interested in established researchers who are internationally recognized leaders in neuroscience with a proven track record of independence and with strong mentorship skills. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated track record of innovative thinking, of scientific leadership, such as via the procurement of large- scale grants, and of assembling effective, multidisciplinary partnerships dedicated to the pursuit of basic science and/or translational work.

Applicants will be expected to have strong evidence of research quality and productivity in one of the areas of strategic priorities at the uOBRMI including, but not limited to:

  • Neuroinflammation, for example as applies to the development and/or progression of neurodegenerative diseases, primary microbial illnesses of the nervous system, and post-infectious changes in the central and peripheral nervous system;
  • Neuroimmunology, for example as related to demyelinating diseases of the nervous system triggered by a systemic disease process, and their treatment via modulation of the host’s immune system;
  • Neurooncology, where novel strategies, including gene therapy approaches, focus on harnessing the immune system to target primary or secondary tumors of the brain;
  • Neuroanatomy, such as related to the glymphatic system, related immune surveillance and the exchange of cerebral metabolites during normal and pathological states of Cerebrovascular disease, including a better understanding of the complex pathogenesis of dementia syndromes at the crossroads of microangiopathy, protein misfolding and inflammation.

Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the institution receives $200,000 annually for seven years. Nominees for Tier 1 Chair positions must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. New CRC nominees are also eligible for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to their work.

Preferential Hiring: The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from members of the four designated groups such as Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. As part of this preferential hiring process, applications from members of the four designated groups will be prioritized and assessed first for the vacancy. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are asked to fill the following self-identification form: The purpose of this measure is to increase the representation of members of the four designated groups in the allocation of Canada Research Chair positions.

Required Qualifications: A PhD and/or MD in a relevant field, superior research achievements in the CRC’s identified area as exemplified by a solid publication record, proof of interdisciplinary collaborations, an exceptional profile with respect to teaching and training of students at the graduate level, a strong record of external research funding, and excellent communication skills in either English or French. A passive knowledge of the other official language would be an asset.

Rank and salary: Regular tenure-track academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, with a rank and salary consistent with the expertise of the candidate and the collective agreement between the University of Ottawa and the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa.

Posting No.: 21007-CRC

Application Package:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (include career interruptions that might have affected research
  • productivity);
  • A research plan (2 to 3 pages);
  • A statement of teaching interests (1 to 2 pages);
  • A statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion philosophy and practice (1 page);
  • The names of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference which will follow the Canada Research Chairs guidelines (i.e. all must be arm’s length and one must be from a referee not residing in the country where the nominee is currently working), and
  • Self-identification form (see Preferential Hiring section above).

Deadline: February 25th, 2021

The selection process will begin immediately after the closing date and will continue until the position is filled.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send the application package to the following address or by email to:

Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice President, Research

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland St., room 246

Ottawa, ON Canada KIN 6N5

If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. The Canada Research Chairs Program imposes no restrictions on nominees with regard to nationality or country of residence. Procedures to allow non-Canadian chairholders to work in Canada have been established by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The University of Ottawa is justly proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to be able to function in a bilingual setting. In certain cases, professors must have the ability to teach in both official languages to be granted tenure.

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